The Daggers ended their poor run of home results in emphatic fashion with a 4-1 victory over near neighbours Brentford, writes Billy Taylor.
Brentford travelled to Dagenham on the back of 5 defeats out of their last 6 in the League, a run which had seen them drop to 17th place in npower League One. However, their poor form didn't seem to deter the away side from pressing the Daggers well from the off and pinning them into their own half for the majority of the opening 15 minutes.
However, the Bees failed to capitalise on their decent start with the real opportunities created from a couple of corners which were both headed wide of Tony Roberts' left hand post.
On 19 minutes, veteran midfielder Peter Gain received the ball inside the Bees half and spread the ball well out to Damian Scannell. The former Southend man produced a quick turn of pace which saw him past his marker before he unleashed a fierce strike at goal which was blocked well.
Femi collected the loose ball and passed wide to Gain whose first cross was blocked, but second was directed into to the 6 yard box only for Bees 'keeper Royce to palm the ball straight at the onrushing Jon Nurse who bundled over the line against the run of play.
Nurse's goal opened the game up, allowing John Still's side to dictate the play more and implement their tempo against a Brentford side that now seemed to lack their early confidence.
The majority of play was coming down the left-side of the park with Scannell particularly impressive. A combination of his pace and power as well as the sheer endeavour of both Jon Nurse and Marvin Morgan up front for the Daggers allowed for openings behind the Brentford defence on several occasions.
Marvin Morgan failed to convert from just outside the 6 yard box after a goal mouth scramble where Gain and Vincelot also had chances to poke home as an entertaining first half drew to a close.
Boos from the Brentford crowd as their side trudged off down the tunnel will have done nothing to improve the mood of Bees boss Andy Scott.
An open start to the second half saw both sides create half-chances which neither managed to convert. However, on 56 minutes, Darren Currie, a replacement for the suspended Danny Green, whipped in a corner which was headed into his own net by Bees defender Karleigh Osborne.
The second goal really took the buzz out of the Bees play and it was all Dagenham from then on in. After a rare foray into the Daggers half, a Brentford corner was cleared by Peter Gain with the loose ball picked up by Scannell who broke down the left and crossed for Nurse who volleyed home his second of the game. The goal was clinical and was no more than Still's side deserved.
The points were safe but that didn't stop the Daggers from pressing still and only a minute later, there was a fourth. Darren Currie's quick throw found Nurse in the box who flicked the ball over his head to Vincelot who headed home.
Brentford fans had seen enough and began to leave the ground in dribs and drabs. After a good start to the game, the Bees had fallen apart at the back and the 3 goals scored in 12 second half minutes were too easy for the Daggers. The home side began to play with confidence and a series of neat touches and one-touch passes was met with chants of "It's just like watching Brazil" from the Terrace.
As the points were in the bag, the home side took their foot of the gas, allowing Brentford more possession in the Daggers half.
Former Daggers favourite Sam Saunders was making his return to the ground and his corner was headed well by MacDonald, only for Darren Currie to head off the line.
With the game petering out, the Daggers look set for a well-deserved clean sheet but a sustained period of pressure in the dying moments by Brentford paid dividends as MacDonald fired home in the 94th minute for a consolation goal.
The end result was representative of how clinical the Daggers were in attack, something which they have arguably lacked at times this season at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium.
Nurse received the man of the match award, much to the delight of the Daggers faithful, but the likes of Scannell, Currie and Ogogo in particular were equally impressive throughout.
The win ended a run of four straight defeats at home for the Daggers and lifted them off the bottom of the table. They now face the long trip to Oldham on Saturday, with John Still undoubtedly looking for a performance of the ilk which has seen them pick up wins on the road against Yeovil, Carlisle and Hartlepool in recent matches.